Mouse in the House: Here’s Why You Might Need Mice Control in Vancouver This Winter

It’s cold and blustery outside, and that means you need to bundle up, shovel and salt the driveway…and deal with that mouse in the house.

 

The truth is, mice start moving indoors in the fall, so if you’ve got a family of mice living rent-free in your home, chances are, they first started moving in sometime around October.

 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t get your mouse problem under control. Here’s why you might need Vancouver pest control this winter, what you can do to keep mice out, and how to deal with a problem when it arises.

What Attracts Mice?

The first step to dealing with any pest infestation is preventing one from happening. With that in mind, let’s talk about a few things that draw mice to your house faster than the Pied Piper.

Open Food Sources

The #1 culprit in any mouse problem is almost always food. Specifically, tasty open food sources that scream “Free buffet!” to all the critters on the block.

 

Despite what you see in cartoons, cheese isn’t actually a mouse’s first choice in delicacies. Mice actually like to eat fruit, seeds, and grains.

 

Sound like anything you keep unsealed? Like, say, your favorite cereals, oatmeal, rice, or fresh fruit?

 

That said, mice are omnivorous and inventive, so a mouse in your house will eat almost anything it can get its paws on–dog food, candy, and even (if food is particularly scarce) other mice.

Open Water Sources

Of course, mice don’t just have food on the brain. Like most animals, they’re also thinking about water sources.

 

Mice in the wild will find ponds, rivers, and streams, but mice in a residential neighborhood have it easier–all they have to do is find an open water source in your home.

 

Like, for example, your pet’s water dish. They don’t even have to climb to reach it.

 

You can’t eliminate pet water bowls (Spot needs water, too) but you can make it less attractive by getting smarter with placement. Make sure your dog has fresh water when playing outside, and bring the water dish indoors with you when they’re done. Empty out water bowls at night so mice won’t have an easy resource while you sleep.

Trash

However, as previously noted, mice are inventive. So when it comes to food, they won’t just be interested in your fresh groceries. They often go for a less appetizing food source: your garbage.

 

Remember, mice are foragers by nature. When they’re hungry, they’re not going to be all that picky if food is readily available.

 

In fact, humans are the perfect companion species to mice in this regard. We’re not particularly good at cleaning up after our meals–we tend to leave a lot of food debris and scraps in our trash after a meal, tasty tidbits that mice will happily take advantage of.

Clutter and Crumbs

There’s a reason why you always see dirty, cluttered, unclean houses filled with mice.

 

Mice thrive in messy human houses. They love clutter, and they especially love the crumbs that come with an unclean house.

 

This is for two reasons. First, all those tiny morsels that a human wouldn’t notice can add up to a tasty lunch for a mouse. Second, clutter and debris are perfect for a mouse to set up a nice, quiet nest and start having mouse babies.

Warmth and Shelter

Of course, the fact that mice find these handy boxes, nooks, and debris in your house is an added benefit for them. They could make a nest in the walls just as easily.

 

The immediate attraction for a mouse looking in on your warm, cozy home is, well, the warmth and coziness.

 

Mice will be most attracted to your home in cold winter months. They know it’s an easy food source, and it’s pre-made shelter against the elements.

 

There’s also some evidence to suggest that pregnant female mice are more likely to find their way into your house. As with many mammals, pregnant females instinctively seek out a safe shelter to hide and gather food without much risk of predators.

 

That’s bad news for you because if a pregnant mouse makes her nest in your home, you could be dealing with a full-blown infestation in no time at all.

Lack of Predators

Alongside the attractiveness of pre-made shelter is one simple fact: in the wild, mice have to worry about natural predators. Your house, on the other hand, is conveniently designed to keep wildlife (include natural predators of mice) out.

 

The obvious answer to Jerry taking up residence is to introduce Tom, as cats are natural predators to mice. Some breeds are known as good mousers.

 

However, you shouldn’t introduce a cat to your house simply to keep mice away. Even cats from famous mousing breeds may not have good hunting instincts. It’s best to try to keep mice from getting in at all.

 

If you have a cat to help catch them, this is a fringe benefit (for the cat, at least–you probably won’t enjoy it when they leave a dead mouse at your feet to teach you how to hunt).

Why Has a Mouse Moved into Your House?

All of that tells you why mice are attracted to houses generally, but it doesn’t tell you why a mouse moved into your house specifically. Mice are among the most common pest infestations in Washington, but not every house has them.

 

Here are a few reasons you might have a figurative neon sign reading “Mice Welcome!” over your house.

You Didn’t Keep Up with Landscaping

You might roll your eyes at your in-laws’ disdain for your landscaping abilities, but the truth is, your lackluster landscaping schedule may be contributing to your pest problem.

 

Picture this: you’ve got a lovely row of bushes close to your house. They’re quite attractive during the warmer seasons. Except, you haven’t exactly raked the leaves in a while.

 

Those leaf piles, especially close to your house, are a mouse magnet. A mouse seeking entry into your house has an easy hiding place while they search for a way indoors–you may never even see them.

 

To keep this from happening, all vegetation should be at least two feet away from your house, and you should always keep the weeds trimmed and the ground cleared so that mice don’t have a hiding place.

You Haven’t Rodent-Proofed Your Exterior

Of course, it’s not enough just to take away a mouse’s hiding place. You also have to remove their avenues of getting into your house in the first place.

 

Have you checked on the state of your weather-stripping lately? What about any cracks between the building material?

 

If you haven’t checked (or done any repairs lately) then those issues can easily become an open door for rodents to slip through.

Identify Your Rat or Mice Infestation

Sometimes, though, all your best efforts still can’t keep the rodents from finding their way indoors.

 

If it turns out that you do have a pest infestation, it helps to know what kind of rodent you’re dealing with. This will help you set traps accordingly and check the right entry points to keep them from finding their way inside again.

 

Here are a few of the most common mouse (and rat) species in Vancouver, what they look like, and how to tell one infestation apart from another. Remember, some of them might look cute, but they’re actually dangerous to have in your house.

Common House Mice

The most common culprit in a mouse infestation is the common house mouse. It’s also the mouse species you probably picture when you imagine a mouse.

 

That’s because house mice (as the name implies) are mice that most commonly live near humans. They’re typically grayish-brown or black and about six to seven inches long from nose to tail tip. They have large ears, a small, slender body, and fine fur.

 

They tend to eat plants, insects, and any meat they can get. Unfortunately for the humans they live with, house mice also reproduce often, with litters of 3-11 young after a gestation period of 18 to 21 days (do the math on how many months are in winter and you’ll be horrified by how many potential litters one female house mouse could have).

 

These are the kind of mice that usually leaves rice-grain-sized droppings for you to find, dark brown and with pointed ends. This type of mouse also likes to gnaw through wood, asphalt shingles, and soft mortar.

Deer Mice

Less common in the city of Vancouver (but still a potential problem for homeowners), are deer mice, so called for their resemblance to deer.

 

The mouse’s upper body is gray to reddish brown, with a white underbelly and white legs. It has prominent, leaf-like ears like a baby faun and big eyes–the perfect animal for kinderschema, the same human psychological phenomenon that leads us to think big-eyed, fat-faced babies are cute.

 

They might look cute, but they’re actually quite dangerous–deer mice are often carriers for the hantavirus, a disease with a serious impact on your lungs.

Black/Roof Rats

Rats might be something out of your worst nightmare (or a Halloween horror movie). Unfortunately, rats may be on the rise in Vancouver.

 

Roof rats, also called black rats, are the most common rat species in Vancouver. As their name implies, they usually have sleek dark gray or black fur, with large ears and a tail longer than their bodies and heads put together.

 

Before you get worried, you won’t mistake a roof rat for a house mouse–including their tail, roof rats are nearly twice as large as house mice, ranging from 13-17 inches long and weighing 8 ounces (compared to the house mouse average of ¾ of an ounce).

 

They reproduce less often than house mice (four to seven litters per year compared to eight for house mice), but they also have more young per litter (6-12 on average).

 

As their name implies, roof rats are climbers–given the choice, they prefer roof and attic spaces. So if you see one, make sure to check these areas first.

Norway Rats

Norway rats aren’t quite as common as roof rats, but they’re still a common pest for Vancouver homeowners.

 

These rats are distinct from their roof-dwelling cousins because they’re wider than roof rats and brownish-red in color, with eyes and ears that are small relative to the size of their heads. They’re also bigger and wider than roof rats, weighing about 10-17 ounces. Their tails are shorter than the length of their bodies, but they’re still about 12-18 inches long.

 

Unlike roof rats, Norway rats are ground dwellers. They like moist conditions and tend to live close to the ground level in crawl spaces and burrows. If you see Norway rats in your home, check your basement first for any further signs of infestation.

Where Mice Get Into Your House

Now that you know the types of mice and rats that might find their way into your house, it’s important to know where, specifically, they might find entry into your home.

 

The truth is, mice don’t need much to find an entryway into your home. It might not seem like a mouse could fit into a narrow crack or an opening under your door, but that’s because you’re applying the logic of human anatomy to mouse anatomy.

 

Mice can fit through small spaces because of their size, but that’s not their only advantage.

 

There’s a myth that says that mice have collapsible skeletons and another that says they don’t have collarbones. Neither is actually true. In reality, despite appearances to the contrary, the only limitation on the size of a hole a mouse can fit through is the size of its head, as a mouse’s head is actually the largest part of its body.

 

So: if a mouse head can fit through a gap, the rest of its body can follow, which is why mice can fit into spaces only a few centimeters wide.

 

Knowing that, let’s take a look at a few common places mice use to get into your house.

Gaps Between Building Materials

A common culprit in mice infestations is gaps in the building material that makes the exterior of your home.

 

One of the most frequent entry points? A gap between bricks and soffit. Even in new houses, such gaps show up all the time. A few other common gap-entries include:

  • Gaps between the roof and soffit
  • Gaps between the siding and foundation
  • Gaps between the roof and fascia

 

Remember: mice are excellent climbers, and they only need a few centimeters of clearance.

Weep Vents

Weep vents are a common structural design feature, and they serve a clear purpose: they allow any water that somehow found its way behind the brick to escape into the open air. This also airs out the wall to keep the structure dry.

 

Unfortunately, mice are experts at taking advantage of weep vents.

 

They can’t be sealed completely or you could be facing water damage. You can cover them, but mice can chew through plastic coverings with relative ease.

Roof Vents

Mice and roof rats that make their way to your roof can have a field day with entry points.

 

A favorite access point for roof-dwelling rodents is the plastic and aluminum vents on your roof. In fact, in many cases, all that stands between a mouse and your attic is a thin bug screen–one that a mouse has no qualms about chewing through.

 

If you have a chimney, this is another easy entry point for mice. After all, they’re excellent climbers–what’s a downward crawl through a chimney to a mouse?

 

To that end, make sure to invest in a chimney cap to keep them out, and make sure to check it regularly to ensure there aren’t any gaps.

HVAC and Utility Lines

We weren’t kidding when we said mice are inventive.

 

Utility and HVAC units often have to pump exhaust outside the home. To do this, pipes and vents are run through exterior walls. This means that builders have to cut holes to allow for heating, air conditioning, water, and electrical lines–and they often cut them too big just to be safe.

 

That’s all the leeway a mouse needs to get from the outside of the house to your exterior wall. And once they’ve made it that far, they can climb along the pipes and lines to go all throughout the house, all while using the same set of pre-cut holes.

 

It would be brilliant…if they weren’t wreaking havoc on your house.

Door and Window Frames

Of course, sometimes, mice don’t need to be all that inventive to find a way into your house. Sometimes, all they need is a gap between your door and the floor–if it’s two centimeters or more, they can probably make the squeeze.

 

Any doors that hang unevenly, or that hang too high, are perfect doors for a mouse to slip through. Don’t think that weather stripping will necessarily save you either–they can chew through loose rubber weather stripping fairly easily, which is often how mice get into your garage.

Ways to Rodent-Proof Your Home

As the old cliche goes, the best offense is a good defense. That applies to sports as well as mice infestations.

 

If you want to keep mice out, the best place to start is blocking off the areas of your house that mice would find attractive. Here are a few key tips to keep in mind.

Seal Points of Entry

To keep mice out, start by removing their way in.

 

As a rule, you’ll need to seal off any entry point that’s ¼ of an inch or larger (a mouse’s head is the largest part of its body, but then again, it doesn’t have a very large head). Obviously, not all entry points can be sealed (like weep vents and utility lines) but you can eliminate opportunities.

 

Check any door and window screens for gaps. If your window screens have any tears, make sure to replace them. You should also check your siding for any gaps, and make sure to seal any cracks in your foundation. If there are gaps where your pipes enter your home, fill them with caulk (and make sure to check and refresh the caulk).

Seal Your Food (and Your Pet’s Food, Too)

Mice, much like humans, are hungry. They’re worried about where their next meal is coming from.

 

Make sure to send a loud and clear message that there won’t be any dinner service at your house.

 

You should aim to keep as much food as you can in sealed, airtight containers (especially things that mice like, such as cereal, rice, nuts, or fruit). And don’t forget about your pet’s food, either–mice are equal opportunity eaters, so your pet’s food should also be stored in sealed containers.

 

You should also make sure to regularly check for any crumbs on the floor and under appliances like the oven, fridge, and dishwasher. Keep your countertops and floors clear of residue, too.

Elevate Firewood

Your wood-burning fireplace is a delight when the winters get cold and the nights grow longer. Unfortunately, the stockpile of wood you keep on hand is also a beloved hideout for mice and rats.

 

This is for much the same reason as leaf piles near your house–it’s close to the ground and easy for rodents to hide in, which means they can search for access points without you ever seeing them.

 

To prevent this, store your firewood away from your house, and make sure it’s elevated at least 18 inches off the ground. Rodents can climb, but they’re less incentivized to use your firewood as a hideout if it doesn’t get them entry into your house.

Call a Pest Control Company

Finally, if all else fails, make sure to call a pest control company.

 

They’re experts in dealing with infestations like this, so they know where to look to handle those pesky rodents. An exterminator is also far more efficient in killing your pests than the traditional bait-and-trap method.

Got a Mouse in the House? Need a Vancouver Exterminator?

Have you got a mouse in the house? Have you got several mice in the house?

 

If so, it’s time to call a Vancouver pest control company. That’s where we come in.

 

We’re experienced in mice control and rat control, and we know how to tackle an infestation quickly and effectively. These rodents will wish they never came to your doorstep.

 

If you need our help dealing with your pest problem, don’t wait. Click here to get in touch.

 

Stop Being a Mice Magnet: 7 Mistakes That Attract Mice in the House

Mice can be really cute as pets…and really annoying as pests!

Sometimes, it seems like even the cleanest homes can somehow turn into “mice magnets.” This leaves residents with a simple question: “what am I doing that’s bringing mice in the house?”

We’ve got you covered. Keep reading to discover our comprehensive guide to the mistakes that bring unwanted mice into your home!

1. Unsealed Food Containers

Wondering what attracts mice? The number one answer is “food.”

Many people think they have their kitchen and pantries well-organized and the food sealed off. However, the devil is in the details.

Things like cereal bags that aren’t fully sealed off and plastic containers with the lid slightly ajar will end up attracting mice. Mice basically want to eat simple carbs and they’ll try to find anything that they can smell.

To avoid this problem, make sure everything is sealed tight: every bag, every box, and every bin. This should avoid attracting critters to the kitchen.

2. Bird Feeders

It’s tough to deny that birds are beautiful. And for many homeowners, looking at birds outside of their window is a really fun activity.

Some homeowners take this to the next level by installing bird feeders. They think the feeders will only attract birds; however, this is not the case!

Basically, anything that the birds don’t eat stays in the ground. This will be discovered by mice. They will then think, “hey, free food at this place!”

Even if you don’t have a feeder, a tree that drops things like fruits and nuts can have the same effect. To mice, this is like a free buffet.

3. A “Crumby” Situation

If you have kids (or just messy eaters) in your family, then you know what it’s like to deal with crumbs. And crumbs are annoying because they are so hard to clean.

Many of us clean the table or counter and think we’ve taken care of all the crumbs. In reality, the crumbs are often pooling into carpets, rugs, or in little corners where we can’t see them.

And you guessed it: these crumbs attract mice. As far as they are concerned, your house is great because you just leave food all over the place.

You can fight this by vacuuming up the crumbs and encouraging everyone to practice better kitchen hygiene.

4. Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

So far, we’ve focused on things like food that attract mice. However, this isn’t the only thing that can lure them to your home.

For instance, mice really like dark areas. This is why they are very often found in areas like basements and attics.

You can try to take care of this by improving the lighting in your home. And for areas that just don’t get much light, make sure to regularly inspect the area so you can find any unwanted visitors.

5. Your Can Overfloweth

Ever hear the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” For mice, this is pretty literal.

All of us are constantly throwing out food that we no longer consider edible. However, mice are likely to find our unwanted food very tasty, indeed.

What can you do to make sure your trash isn’t attracting mice? It’s a two-step process.

First, take your inside trash out in a timely manner. No one likes to do it, but this keeps mice out of the house.

Second, try to keep your outside trash cans as far from the house as possible. Even if mice get into the outside trash, keeping the cans further away will keep them from your home.

6. Pet Food Woes

Many of us have four-legged friends that we really love. This includes cats and dogs who have really healthy appetites.

The easy solution for feeding dogs and cats is to just pour their food into a big bowl or can. Unfortunately, mice are just as hungry for this food as your pet!

Any food your pet doesn’t eat stays in the bowl attracting mice. Fortunately, there are some easy fixes for this.

It’s possible to get automated feeders that are set to a timer. This will only release a certain amount of food at a certain time.

The end result? Less of a pet food snack selection for hungry mice!

7. Leaving Food Out

Earlier, we talked about issues like crumbs and open containers with food in them. However, an even bigger problem is when food is just outright left in the open.

This can happen when, say, a kid leaves a snack plate out at night with food still on it. Or even when adults leave plates with food on them in the sink overnight.

Fortunately, the “fix” for this is quite simple. Be sure to police children’s plates and eating habits and make sure all food is scraped off and put into the garbage can or disposal.

Don’t want hungry mice? Make sure they have nothing to easily eat in your kitchen!

8. A Crack Problem

We’ve talked a lot about the kinds of things that can lure mice into your home. But have you ever wondered how they are actually getting in the house?

The typical answer is that your house has a “crack” problem. That means there are small cracks and openings in the walls that the mice are able to easily squeeze through.

In addition to the cracks and openings in the walls, there may be openings under doors. Keep in mind that mice don’t need much space to get inside.

How can you fix this issue? Have your home professionally inspected and have any of these small openings filled in.

By removing the only way into your home for mice, you effectively keep them out of the house!

Mice in the House: The Bottom Line

Now you know more about what’s bringing mice in the house. But do you know who can help you get rid of them?

Here at Natura Pest Control, we specialize in every pest problem, including mice. To see how we can restore your home to order, contact us today!

Pro Tips to Find a Pro: What to Look For in an Exterminator in Vancouver, WA

Pests in the home are much more serious than just a nuisance. The Washington State Department of Health explains that pests can damage homes, spread pathogens that can cause serious and even life-threatening diseases.

The West Nile virus and Lyme disease are both spread by pests. If you suspect you have a pest problem in your home, it’s vital that you take action.

Read on to learn how to find a reputable, licensed pest exterminator in Vancouver, WA.

Opt for a Certified, Insured, and Licensed Pest Exterminator

One of the most important factors when considering pest control companies is about safety to you, the technician and your home.

A professional pest control company will have liability insurance to cover any damages to your property or possessions during treatment.

You also want to make sure that you choose a licensed pest exterminator company. This means that the technicians or applicators are certified to use commercial pesticides.

Feel free to ask a company for proof of certification and insurance. You are within your rights to ask to see these documents before you hire any pest control companies.

Look For Pest Control Companies That Have Been in Business a While

When you type in “pest control near me” in your search engine, don’t just go for the company that is closest to your location.

You want to choose a company that has been in business for at least five years. Newer companies aren’t necessarily bad, but they don’t have their years of business to back them up.

Ask all pest control companies you are researching how long they have been in business. Also, find out how long they have been operating under that name.

It’s best to choose a company that is established and reputable. Yet, this criteria isn’t a deal breaker. If a company meets all the other considerations but is newer, you may want to give them a chance.

Make sure to check that a business is a member of the Washington pest control association. It’s also a good idea to check if the company has any outstanding complaints with the Better Business Bureau.

Free Inspection and Quote

A knowledgeable pest exterminator knows that he or she will have to examine your house to make an educated decision about treatments and costs.

That’s why a professional pest control company will often provide you with a free inspection and quote for your pest problem.

Be wary of companies that quote you over the phone without seeing your home.

During the inspection, you will have a better understanding of what pests you are dealing with and what your options are.

Reputable pest control companies in Vancouver, WA will give you a written quote. This document will outline exactly what the treatment plan includes.

Explains Treatment Options in Detail

When a licensed pest exterminator examines your home, he or she should clearly explain the problem to you as well as list your options.

Before he or she offers any services, the exterminator should ask you questions to make sure they fully understand the issue.

Then, a professional pest control company will offer one or more treatment options and explain the merits of each.

During this conversation, you should be comfortable asking questions. At the end, you should feel that you have a good understanding of your pest problem and your options.

If you feel rushed, pressured or confused, keep looking for another exterminator in Vancouver, WA.

Ask About Chemicals the Company Plans to Use

Pest control ofter involves pesticides that contain chemicals. You have a right to know which chemicals and in what dosage a licensed pest exterminator plans to use in your home.

The technician should carry a Material Safety Data Sheet as well as the label on the product that you can look at.

Find out if those products are safe for pets and children. Discuss any adverse side effects. You can also ask if the company offers any non-chemical options.

Ask about the measures the company takes to prevent unnecessary exposures and accidents. You will also want to discuss the types of protective equipment the technicians use.

Look for Companies with a Guarantee

When choosing an exterminator in Vancouver, WA you want to find a company that stands by their work.

Check their website to see if they offer any kind of guarantee. They may guarantee that your home will be free of a certain kind of pest for a number of weeks or months. Or they may offer a “satisfaction guarantee.”

Either way, read the fine print to understand exactly how to claim the guarantee in the future.

Check References

Now that you’ve done some research about the company, it’s time to talk to previous clients.

Ask the pest control company for a list of previous clients you can call. You can also check the company’s ratings on social media sites such as Facebook.

If you see lots of 4 and 5-star ratings, that’s great. But, if you see a lot of 1-star ratings, you probably want to take those ratings seriously. Do some more research before making your decision.

And do your due diligence by contacting the company’s references.

Final Thoughts on Finding an Exterminator in Vancouver, WA

Thanks for reading. We hope this guide has helped you understand what to look for when you are searching for a reliable exterminator in Vancouver, WA.

Remember, pests can be a problem in Washington any time of year.

If you have a pest problem, our team at Natura Pest Control is happy to talk to you about the solutions we offer. Contact us today.

Want an Ant-Free Pantry? 6 Tips for Ant Control in Vancouver

Have ants taken over your kitchen lately? If so, you’re probably fed up with the little critters.

Ant invasions are annoying and can become overwhelming if they’re not stopped. Luckily, there are some quick solutions to deal with the issue.

Pest control specialists can help you remove the ant problem, or you can get your DIY on and take care of it yourself.

Want to get rid of those pests once and for all? Here are six tips for ant control in Vancouver.

1. Seal Entrance Points

Now, obviously, you won’t be sealing your entrance points. But ants don’t only get in whenever you open a window or step through a doorway. They can get in just about every tiny opening you can imagine.

Don’t have any openings for ants to enter through? Think again. Small cracks in your walls, power outlet openings and pipe entrances can all let ants into your home.

So to make sure the ants have as little chance as possible of getting in, seal all their entryways you can find. You may need caulking or other special materials.

Don’t go crazy looking for every tiny crack and opening your house might have. But go after as many entrance points as you can find or know about.

2. Remove Food Sources

One of the biggest reasons ants will enter your home is because they smell food. If one ant locates the source of that food, he’ll leave a trail for the rest of his buddies to follow.

Suddenly your ant issue just grew by a ton.

Keeping your kitchen and pantry clean is key. Don’t leave sugar, crumbs, or other messes lying about after you cook or eat. Dirty dishes that linger for long periods of time are inviting too.

The more food you have sitting out, the more likely you are to have some ants come and find it. So clean up and store things properly. This includes cleaning up after eating in rooms other than the kitchen, too.

Even if your home is spotless, you could end up with ants. It all depends on how accessible food is for them.

Do you tend to store sugar and flour in the paper bags they come in from the grocery store? Consider storing them in sealable plastic containers instead.

3. Keep Pet Food Sealed

If you have pets in the home, remember that they have food too. This is another food source for ants. Don’t leave dog or cat food sitting around on or near the floor.

Ants will eat whatever food they can find. They won’t sniff at dog food as you would. So make sure every type of possible food for them is placed in a sealed container.

4. Get Your DIY On

Many of these tips focus on what to do to keep ants out. But what if the infestation has already begun? If a group of ants has already staked out your kitchen, blocking the entrances won’t get rid of the ones who’re already there.

This is where traps come in handy. You can purchase various types of ant traps from your local stores, or you can make them yourself.

Create a trap by mixing powdered sugar and borax together. Or, for a kid and pet-friendly version, mix powdered sugar and baking soda. Ants are attracted to sugar, but the mixed in borax or baking soda is fatal to them.

Simply leave the mixture in areas where the ants tend to hang out and they’ll be sure to check it out.

To remove the trails left by ants telling others where the food is, clean surfaces with vinegar. That way, you can lessen the number of ants that continue to come into your home.

5. Take Water Away

Just like you and your family members, ants need water. So make sure it isn’t available to them in your house. This will make them want to hit the road.

Ants may find water or other moisture in many areas. Leaking pipes, dog bowls, dropped food or spilled drinks, and more may give them what they need.

Locate any leaks you might have and get them fixed. Ensure your rain gutters direct water away from your house, not toward it.

The less available water is, the less the ants will be able to survive.

6. Call in a Professional

If all else fails, or if you simply don’t have the time to deal with the issue yourself, call in a professional. They’ll know exactly what to do to get your kitchen ant-free again.

Experienced exterminators have the tools and know-how to take care of all sorts of unwanted critters, including ants. So don’t hesitate to call one in. They’ll do a thorough job and make sure the problem is completely taken care of.

While taking care of ants can be easy, you might find they keep coming back. So bringing a professional in can save you a lot of time and frustration.

Try These Tips for Ant Control in Vancouver

Ant infestations are a big problem in Vancouver and the rest of the country. So do what you can to prevent them in your own home.

If you’re past the prevention point and need to remove the pests, it’s not too late to act. These tips for ant control in Vancouver will help you get your home back to its normal ant-free state.

Ready to take back your home? Contact us today and we’ll help you restore peace as soon as possible.

Can Pest Control in Portland, OR Fix My Problem? 10 Pests a Pro Can Handle

Salt guns, long arm vacuums, glue traps: these are all things people try to control pests with or without success.

Don’t waste your money on strange and expensive contraptions when working with professional pest control in Portland, OR can get you much better results.

Want to learn what the most common pests are around Oregon State? Learn more below.

Ants

Are you having issues with sugar ants around your house? Or big black ants? The color and the size doesn’t matter, they’re annoying all the same.

Commonly found in bathrooms and kitchens, ants feed on crumbs and even home debris. Carpenter ants aren’t as common, but they can wreak havoc on your infrastructure.

While commercial ant traps will keep the problem at bay for a while, they don’t treat the heart of the problem: the ant colony that’s somewhere in your floor or walls.

The only way to break up the problem at the source is to hire professional pest control – and to keep your food properly contained after that!

Fleas

There’s nothing worse than seeing your pet scratching more than usual. Either there’s something wrong and you need to go to the vet, or, more likely, they have fleas.

Fleas are parasites that love to live under your pet’s fur. They multiply quickly and the average female flea lays 50 eggs a day in her short lifetime.

The problem with fleas is that they can get into your carpet and on to human skin. Once your health and your family’s health is on the line, it’s time to call the pros.

These professionals will help you get your flea problem under control, though getting them off your pet is up to you. Many people use a monthly pet flea treatment like this, to keep any new friends from hitchhiking inside.

Mice

While some mice are cute in cages, the majority of them run wild and carry transferable diseases. Like rabies and the bullet list below.

However, you’re unlikely to spot a mouse with your own eyes. They’re quick and only come out when things are still and quiet. You’re much more likely to find mouse droppings, which look like chocolate sprinkles (sorry ice cream lovers).

If you catch it early, you may only have five to ten mice in your house. In other cases, they could populate into the tens and hundreds.

Mice carry diseases no one wants to deal with, like rabies. But they can also bring:

  • Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome
  • Lassa fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Salmonellosis

. . . and a range of other diseases. They’re small, but they can do a lot of long-lasting damage!

You can set out traps, but that’s an uphill battle. As soon as you catch one, another mouse is born in its place.

It’s much better to call and get help from Natura pest control. They’ll find and treat the root of the problem and trap/remove them with peak efficiency.

Rats

Much worse than mice, rats are very smart animals that are famous for living in big cities. But you can find them in your suburban Portland home too.

These smart rodents are bigger than mice and you can identify them by their long, thick, pink tails.

Rats are some of the fastest reproducers out there, rivaling bunnies. Just one group of rats, left to their own devices, can make half a billion(!!) offspring in three years. That’s easily hundreds of rodent babies in one year.

And if one of those rats is carrying a disease, you can imagine the health risk that puts your family at. Rats can and do still carry the plague, which is treatable – but still no fun.

They also put your family at risk for the diseases listed under “mice” above.

Rats will bite animals and humans if they’re cornered and scared. So, it’s essential that you catch a rat pest problem as soon as possible.

They’ll eat anything they can get their hands on, so depriving them of food sources isn’t a good option.

Instead, you need to create a plan with a pest removal professional to get your life and your home back to normal.

Roaches

Though decidedly less disease-carrying than small rodents, having roaches in your home is no fun. They can grow to the size of a pocket lighter and are just plain gross.

They’re hard to get rid of too, hence the joke that we’ll still have roaches once the world end (see the roach in Wall-E as an example).

Roaches populate quickly and leave their droppings around, so be sure to call pest control. The faster you notice the roach problem, the quicker you can get a handle on it.

Spiders

Thankfully Portland isn’t like the south or tropical places when it comes to venomous spiders. Most of the spiders you see in your home will be harmless to your long-term health.

But that doesn’t mean spider bites don’t hurt and itch if you get them, and it’s hard to sleep knowing you’re sharing your home with creepy crawlies.

Get rid of them with one call to a pest control service, click here to learn more.

Wasps

Speaking of painful bites, wasp stings can take a nice day outside to a day full of itching and swelling in a millisecond. And if you or a loved one is allergic to wasp stings, that day can turn into an expensive ER trip.

Put your epi-pen down and call Natura Pest Control to get rid of these flying pain-invaders.

The Best Pest Control in Portland, OR

All the pests on this list are commonly found in Oregon houses in Portland and the towns surrounding it. Finding them in your home doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong, but it does mean you need to do something about the problem, stat.

We’ll be happy to talk to you about your personal pest issues, all you have to do is call Natura Pest Control in Portland, OR.

Should You Call Pest Control in Vancouver for House Spider Problems?

Do you think you have a house spider problem in your home?

Many people find themselves coming face to face with house pests on a regular basis in their homes. Often, they try to get rid of household pests by themselves, but they often end up contacting experts anyway. So, save yourself some time and contact pest control in Vancouver right off the bat.

Now, you may be thinking you don’t need their services, but there is a reason that the pest control industry remains popular even after experiencing a dip in revenue in 2018. This is because no matter how thorough you think you are with getting rid of your pests, you will always find that they keep on coming back.

However, there are some cases where calling pest control isn’t the right way to go. Read what’s below to find out if making the call is the right decision.

How to Determine if Your Home Is Infested with Spiders

Before you make any decision on calling pest control, you should first determine if you, in fact, have spiders in your home. Doing this will help you avoid embarrassing yourself in front of the exterminators.

There are many telltale signs that will tell you that you have an infestation in your home.

1. Cobwebs

Most of the time, you will find one or two cobwebs cluttering a room in your home. This is normal for houses as it indicates that you only have a few spiders around and about. This doesn’t warrant a call from pest control.

This is because spiders will only spin one or two webs at a time to conserve their webbing. If you notice more cobwebs start appearing though, it may mean that more spiders are starting to grow in your house. If this becomes your case, you may want to act fast before their population becomes more than you can handle.

2. Increasing Number of Egg Sacs

Cobwebs are not the only things that increase if spiders are infesting your home. You will start to see egg sacs increase in number as well. If left unchecked, more of these will start to pop up faster than you can count them.

Most people don’t know how to spot these sacs. Often, they confuse these sacs as dense clusters of cobwebs. They often don’t bother destroying them because they think spiders can catch prey with these.

The most common reason people don’t get rid of these is that they’re tiny. Spiders often have egg sacs smaller than peas. This makes it hard for people to spot and destroy them.

3. You Start to Notice Spiders Wandering Around

Spiders often keep to themselves in a dark space or corner in your home. However, if you have an infestation in your home, they will start to compete for territory.

While it’s true spiders can live in large groups, most of them may not get along with others, resulting in some of them wandering around in search of a new space to call home.

Smaller spiders also start to wander around right after they hatch. This often means that there will be more egg sacs bursting soon. So, you may want to check corners and dark spaces for them.

Determine What Spiders You Have

Although they’re named house spiders, they are the least common species to invade homes. Other species of spiders are more invasive than they are.

1. Wolf Spiders

Most of the time, people become surprised to see spiders in their house even after finding no cobwebs. This often means that they have a different spider living with them, wolf spiders, to be exact. They don’t make any web but prefer to hunt for their prey instead.

Often, there are only a few wolf spiders in a home, and sometimes only one. This is because wolf spiders are territorial against other spiders. The only time they trespass unto the territory of others is to mate.

Finding and getting rid of the few wolf spiders you have tends to fix your spider problem.

2. Orb-Weaver Spiders

These spiders don’t spin standard webs, so finding one along with its web may surprise you. These spiders spin small, circular domes as their webs. These kinds of webs help them maneuver around while carrying its home.

These spiders reproduce faster than the common spiders. So, you may need to call pest control if you find a nest of orb-weavers.

3. Widow Spiders

Sometimes, you may find a larger and darker-colored spider. If you do, you may be looking at a kind of widow spider. The common kinds of widow spiders are the black widow and the brown recluse.

Unless you have experience handling dangerous insects, we recommend you call experts to handle them. If you get bitten because you mishandle them, you may get muscle spasms and other painful muscle problems.

If you encounter any of these spiders in large amounts, it’s imperative you contact pest control. Handling them yourself may result in injury or an incomplete extermination job.

However, if you only have a moderate amount of commons spiders, it’s better to control their population instead. This is because they’re more beneficial than detrimental.

Benefits of Spiders in Your Home

Sometimes, spiders may be giving you benefits that you’re not aware of. Besides not being a threat to humans, they also perform their own pest control.

1. They Keep Other Pests Out

The webs of spiders catch and kill pests that are an actual threat to humans. Small spiders catch mosquitoes and they consume it. Meanwhile, bigger spiders can spin larger webs that catch and kill bigger pests like fall bugs and other, more dangerous species of spiders.

2. They Help Prevent Diseases

As a result of them catching pests, they can also reduce your likeliness of disease. Often, small spiders catch malaria-carrying mosquitoes. They also sometimes catch fleas that can spread things like Tularemia.

Call the Best Pest Control in Vancouver!

The only time you should contact pest control is when the infestation gets out of hand. Instances like when there is too many for you to get rid off in one go. It’s important to be thorough otherwise they’ll come back.

Also, if you discover that other species infest your home, you should call experts. They know what to do in cases like these.

So, have you gathered enough information yet? If you think you can handle getting rid of the spiders by yourself, give it a go! Otherwise, contact us here!

We provide the best pest control in Vancouver. Give us a call if you want spiders to disappear and stay gone.

Not so Cute: Why Mice Are Actually Dangerous to Your Home – and How You Can Get Rid of Them

Do you have rodents infesting your home in Vancouver? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone.

Vancouver has the most amount of pest control requests for mice in all Canadian provinces. The others in the top five include Surrey, Victoria, Burnaby, and Richmond.

We all know house mice are harmful, but you don’t know the half of it. They’re bad news disease carriers since the dawn of time.

Looking for great mice control in Vancouver? You’re in luck.

Are mice harmful? What can you do about them? Here’s everything you need to know about mice.

What Are Rats and Mice?

The mice in house spaces are different from the typical mice you see from the pet store. They live in dark, cramped spaces between drywalls and consume trash. They create hard to repair damage in many homes and properties.

Due to their nature as scavengers, they tend to go through the trash and other garbage. They feed on our leftover foods and other organic waste to survive.

There are over 60 species of mice and rats in the world. The common house mice are the ones endemic to the Vancouver area. They live together with their cousins, which are the Norway brown rat and the Roof rat.

If you want to differentiate the three species, there are a few ways to know.

Norway Brown Rat

The Norway Rat is brown in color and tends to get large. It can weigh up to 17 ounces and grow between 12 – 18 inches — which is the size of a small cat.

Norway brown rats have a thick and heavy body, with a broad nose and coarse fur. Their tail is short and hairless. They tend to eat almost anything available and creates burrows and crawls paces.

Roof Rat

The roof rat is grey to black in color and weighs up to 8 ounces in their maturity. Their slimmer compared to their Norway brown counterparts but still bigger than the mice in house floors.

Roof rats have large eyes and ears, which a narrow, pointed nose and a long, dark colored tail. Their primary diet consists of grains, vegetables, and fruits. They like to live in wide spaces like trees, ceilings or attics around 100 ft from their food source.

The House Mice

The house mice, on the other hand, is the smallest of the three but is as harmful. They weigh around 3/4 of an ounce and grows up to 7 inches. They’re brown or black and have large ears and fine fur.

A house mouse will eat anything and lives in your house. They will create mouse holes or live in corners. This pest likes to be near food and water sources, which makes them live nearby at around 10 to 30 feet.

Are Mice Harmful?

Are mice harmful? For sure.

They have a few ways that make them very dangerous pests. They’re invasive and are health risks to everyone in your home. From mouse droppings to how many mice can live in your home, you’re putting yourself at risk without help.

One of the most significant harms mice in your house create is they become disease carriers. Due to their unsanitary living conditions, they carry various diseases that can be dangerous to you or your loved ones.

Hantavirus can spread through urine and mouse droppings. The well-known Bubonic Plague comes from fleas in the rodents’ fur. Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection, comes from mice urine and mouse droppings through infested waters.

House mice tend to grow in numbers at a staggering rate. Every mouse can have around five to six young per litter, and up to eight litters a year.

How many mice will you get in a year? In theory, a single mouse can have 40 to 56 litters a year. As long as there is food to sustain them, mice can create an indefinite horde.

Every square inch they touch can become disease-infected. The food you ingest, the surface you touch and the entire house can have different diseases.

What to Do With Mice in Your Home

There are a few things that you can do to take care of your rodent problem. It’s a matter of keeping your place clean and hygienic, which is a crucial step.

Cleaning Your Home

When you can, remove as much clutter and rubbish from your home. A clean home is a bane to mice. Remove places they can live in so they cannot breed further.

Trim trees and bushes from your property. Clean mulch and clear canals as much as you can. Remove dense overgrowth and pile things like firewood and lumber away.

Repair Your House

Look for places where they can live in your home. They tend to live between drywall, sheetrock, and corners. When you can, repair your home and seal out any crevice they can go into as their habitat.

Deny Them Food and Water

Food and water are essential to house mice living and multiplying. Dispose of your garbage by proper separation and even composting techniques. Remove rotting fruit, nuts, and seeds from your home and backyard.

Repair leaking pipes and faucets, together with puddles of dirty water. Fit your garbage cans with the proper lids.

Remove Their Traces ASAP

Mice are territorial. Clean their traces as soon as you find it to prevent any diseases. Mouse urine and mouse droppings need removal as soon as you can.

Clean dirty spots with bleach and cleaning solutions. If you find dead litter or rodents, dispose of them as soon as possible.

Call Your Local Pest Control Expert

If you think you have a large infestation of mice, it’s crucial to contact your local pest control expert. Inform them of the trouble and receive a quote for the work.

Rodent experts will not only clear your area of mice but they’ll find rodent nests and prevent any cases in the near future.

Expert Mice Control in Vancouver Is a Phone Call Away

Are mice harmful? They are, but they don’t have to be.

There are ways to deal with them yourself or with an expert. All you need is to be proactive. You need to stamp them out as soon as you see any signs of their existence.

If you want to have an expert help you with superior mice control in Vancouver, talk to us at Natura Pest Control.

Natura Pest Control does the job right with our licensed technicians and top of the line products. Remove rodents, no matter how many mice you have infesting your home.

Natura Pest Control is the right team for your needs. Simple, effective pest control is right for you. Call us today and discuss with us how we can save you.

Nothing but Trouble: Here Are Some of the Biggest Pest Problems in Washington to Look out For

Insect and rodent pests are a problem both in commercial and residential spaces.

They eat crops. They get into sensitive equipment. And in our homes, they pose a serious health and safety risk.

In fact, pest control has proven to be so important that experts believe there is a correlation between more pest control and longer life expectancy today compared to the early 1900s.

Keep reading to learn about a few pests common throughout Washington, and why you need Natura pest control to get rid of them.

Fleas

Fleas are a painful, annoying pest. But they are often overlooked on lists of household pests because they need a host in order to survive.

If you have a household dog or cat, or one comes to visit and is carrying fleas, once inside your home they can lay eggs. After those eggs hatch, they’ll look for a nearby host to attach to, which might just be you or a loved one.

Fleas bite, leaving behind painful red welts that itch. While the itching is annoying, these bites can be much more dangerous is a flea is carrying a disease that it picked up from a previous host.

Stopping a flea infestation in your home requires much more than treating the fleas living on your skin or that of your pet. Instead, you need professionals to stop the entire reproductive process, eliminating the presence of flea eggs in your home.

Ants

Ants are one of the most common — and most annoying — pests you can experience. That’s because it takes very little to attract them, and they can get into your home from just about anywhere.

Oftentimes, ants are found in bathrooms and kitchens where water and food sources are plentiful. They can squeeze through cracks you didn’t even realize that your home had.

You could see just one or two ants on occasion. Or you may see hundreds of them. When they’re simply marching in and out of your home, they won’t do much beyond devouring any food crumbs.

But what many homeowners don’t realize is that ants can infest your walls, eating through drywall and insulation.

Left unchecked, they can form massive colonies in the walls of your home before you even realize that they are there. Over time, this can lead to costly damage in your walls.

Rats

While one or two ants won’t cause much damage in your home, one or two rats can.

Unlike some pests, rats can harm a home’s inhabitants directly. Rats carry a variety of diseases, including Lassa Fever, Leptospirosis, Salmonellosis, and more.

The plague, originally spread by rats leading to millions of deaths during the middle ages, is still being spread in various parts of the world by rats.

Rats can also spread other pests, such as fleas or lice, into your home, making them even more dangerous. They chew through walls, eat through containers, and often aren’t afraid to approach humans. This can lead to bites and exposure to the diseases that they carry.

Fighting a rat infestation on your own is very difficult. Rats are stealthy and resilient — and they repopulate quickly.

Homeowners who aren’t familiar with rats often don’t realize how many different types of rats are out there. Each has its own characteristics that you’ll need to know if you want to get rid of them.

Mice

Smaller and a little less intimidating, mice aren’t usually as feared as rats. But that doesn’t make them any less dangerous, especially in your home.

Like rats, mice can carry a variety of diseases, including Hemorrhagic Fever, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, and more. Also like rats, they’ll eat just about anything.

They leave urine behind everywhere they go, which will give your home a foul odor in no time.

Because mice can flatten themselves down to just a portion of their usual size, they can slip under doors and through tiny cracks, making it easy for them to get into even newer homes.

Wasps

While wasp nests are often found in backyards, individual wasps may enter your home through pipes or cracks. Once inside, they may start new nests in your walls, on enclosed patios, or anywhere that they can find an undisturbed spot.

Once the nest begins to grow, it can be difficult to stop. You’ll go from having one or two wasps in your home to dozens or even hundreds of dangerous creatures flying around, stinging your family.

Never attempt to get rid of a wasp nest on your own, especially if it is inside of your home.

Roaches

When most people think of pest infestations, they think of cockroaches.

Roaches most often come up through pipes and from septic tanks. They carry a number of dangerous diseases, not to mention they leave behind a stench.

They multiple incredibly quickly, are resilient and need very little food or resources, and are also difficult to kill. This is one pest that is definitely best left to the professionals to get rid of.

Spiders

Like all of the pests on this list, spiders can sneak into your home from just about anywhere.

While many species of spiders are harmless, others, such as Black Widows, are poisonous. Black Widows are not only present in Washington but are common in the eastern part of the state.

A single bite can severely injure or even kill your loved ones or pets. A single spider could be just that — or a sign that you have other waiting in your walls and hidden under furniture.

Trust Natura Pest Control to Get Rid of Your Pests

No matter which type of pest is infesting your home, you and your family’s health and wellness could be at risk.

Don’t let an infestation get even further out of hand. The faster you treat the problem by calling in the pros, the less chance of someone getting bit, stung, or otherwise hurt.

Contact us today to see how Natura pest control can help you rid your home of annoying, dangerous pests such as these.

They All Go Marching Down: 7 Signs You Need an Ant Exterminator in Vancouver, WA

Ants are among the prime examples that allude to diligence and hard work in the natural world. They can be fascinating creatures.

However, they are also the number one nuisance. The most damaging of them is the carpenter ant.

Carpenter ants can inflict significant damage to wooden structures. They can ruin furniture or even damage the foundations of your home.

But there are many more types of ants! Identifying the type of pest causing the damage is key in treating them. You need to know if you need to call the best ant exterminator Vancouver WA can offer.

Here are seven signs that will tell you when to call for a professional for an inspection:

1. Food Being Overrun by Ants

Leaving exposed food long enough would invite ants to that spot.

You would know that you have an ant infestation when the ants start swarming your pantry. Even pet food is fair game for the ants. Ants are not picky eaters, and they will go after any food that they can sniff out.

One way to address this problem is to store all food in the refrigerator or in airtight containers. While this is a good preventive measure, be on a lookout. Having carpenter ants present is not a good sign.

2. Stray Ants Walking Around

The presence of a carpenter ant is a sign enough that you will need a pest control expert to inspect your home. This would likely be a scout ant wandering around your home. You might also notice winged ants creeping out from ceilings, walls, or other crevices in your home.

If you end up spotting individual ants in odd places in your home, like the bedroom, they are part of an ant infestation in your home. It gets more alarming if you spot them on a regular basis.

Carpenter ants prefer to preside in wood. If there is no rotted wood around your home, you might want to have your walls or floors checked.

3. Hearing Insect Activity in Walls

One way to check for signs of ants is to listen to the walls or floors. If you end up hearing rustling noises at night when you listen in to the walls, you might be hearing an ant colony at work. Some breeds are more active during night time, which explains the sounds.

Another way to find out is by knocking at the walls. If the solid wood wall sounds hollow, you might be facing an ant or termite infestation problem. This is a good time for you to contact pest control.

4. Ant Colony Nearby

Another sign that you shouldn’t ignore is the ant hill. If you spot an ant colony anywhere in your yard, you shouldn’t ignore this. Ants can and will travel a long distance in search of food.

Also note that while there are only a few ants on the surface of the colony, this is but a façade. Under the dirt mound is an extensive network of tunnels and sections. This is where ants live, breed, and thrive.

Since carpenter ants thrive with wood, also check the wooden sections of your home, as mentioned earlier there are ways for ants to gain entry in your home.

5. Look for Wood Shavings

Carpenter ants burrow into wood. Due to this, you would notice a trail of wood shavings and sawdust. Make a closer inspection when you clean and sweep your floors.

If you find any of these wood shavings without any clear reason behind their origin, like any form of carpentry done, you need to have your home inspected for pests. While termites are the more likely ones to eat wood, carpentry ants are just as destructive to woodwork.

6. Check Damp Areas

Carpenter ants prefer wet wood. Thus, any moisture area in your home is fair game to them. Check the bathroom and kitchen for any sign of carpenter ants. They are also likely to hide anywhere that has a leak, like outdoor pipes or faulty faucets.

Rotted wood also attracts carpenter ants. Get rid of any rotten firewood or lumber within the home and also outside, as these may end up being likely places for carpenter ants to nest in.

7. Rotted Areas on your Home’s Exterior

Another note in looking for signs of carpenter ants is to look for rotted sections on your home’s exterior. You would usually find rot in areas where broken gutters are as well as areas where rainwater rests next to the house.

If you notice this along with the other signs mentioned, it is time to take action and call for pest control.

What to Do in Case of Carpenter Ant Infestation

The key here is proper identification. Homeowners may find it difficult to determine the cause of the wood damage, whether the damage was by termites or ants. A professional should be able to help you in identifying the source.

Once they have made the inspection, they will take proper measures to treat the problem. Of course, each type of pest has a specific treatment designed for them.

Don’t attempt to exterminate ants on your own. You might end up buying the wrong chemical products. These chemicals could be dangerous to your health or to your furniture.

It’s better to call the professionals and allow them to handle the problem. They have the training and equipment to deal with the infestation properly.

Call the Best Ant Exterminator Vancouver WA Offers!

With these pointers, you should be able to identify the source of the problem. Before the ant problem grows, do not hesitate to call for assistance from a pest control professional.

You can attempt to use your own methods in ridding your home of ants. However, this is the quickest and safest way for you to eliminate ants and various pests.

We offer pest control services and solutions for homes. Don’t hesitate to call the best ant exterminator Vancouver WA has to offer. Contact us to get started with getting rid of ants, pests, and the woes that come with it.

 

How to Get Rid of Mice: 8 Ways You Can Tackle an Infestation

You’re hearing faint, but rapid footsteps at night while you’re lying in bed. You’re seeing shadowy figures move out of the corners of your eyes. You’re finding droppings in miscellaneous areas of your house.

There’s no doubt about it: you’re dealing with a mouse infestation.

Now, you’re scouring the internet, searching for answers about how to get rid of mice. Fortunately, you’ve landed in the right place. Below, we’re going to discuss 8 of the most effective methods.  

1. Lay Mouse Traps

If you already have mice in your house, one of the best courses of action is to lay mouse traps.

Sometimes called snap traps, these devices are designed to kill any mice which come into their grasp. Making use of spring-loaded bars and triggering mechanisms, mouse traps are weight-activated, snapping down hard when mice put their body weight on top of them.

To attract mice to mouse traps, you should cover said traps in a food that mice enjoy (ie. cheese, peanut butter, etc.). Spreading several baited mouse traps throughout your home is a sure way to snag you some mischievous mice.

2. Close Off Open Gaps

The best way to do away with mice in your home is by preventing them from coming into your home in the first place. But how do you pull this off? By closing off any open gaps.

Over time, as your home deteriorates, it becomes more and more prone to damage. Eventually, holes begin to form. These holes can appear in a number of different places, from cabinetry to doors, windows and a variety of other locations.

Mice can squeeze their way through nickel-sized holes and larger. Make sure to give your home a thorough inspection, plugging any hole which could be used as an entryway for mice.

3. Keep Your House Clean

Another preventative measure to take to prevent mice from coming into your home is to clean thoroughly and often. After all, the primary reason that mice make their way into homes is to devour the crumbs and scraps which accumulate on floors and countertops.

Sweeping, vacuuming, and dusting on a regular basis will remove all of these food scraps from your home, ensuring that mice have no reason to enter your home in the first place.

4. Make Use of Glue Traps

If you’re looking to remove mice from your home, but are turned off by the violent snap of mouse traps, you could make use of glue traps. Glue traps are small trays filled with liquid adhesive. These traps lay in wait for anything that crosses their path, stopping that thing in its tracks the second that it makes contact.

While you’ll most typically see glue traps used to catch flies, they can also catch mice. Simply place them in different locations throughout your home and wait for mice to misstep.

Be aware, however, that glue traps will not always take mice alive. In fact, in some scenarios, glue traps can actually be inhumane, causing mice to die slowly through suffocation and heart attack.

5. Set Up Live Mouse Traps

The best way to catch mice alive is by setting up live mouse traps. These traps are essentially just cages which can be easily accessed from the outside, but which are impossible to exit after an entrance has already been made.

You can use live mouse traps in the same way that you use snap traps. Place a desired food in the traps as bait and wait for the mice to come.

Once a mouse has been trapped, it can be safely moved to a desired location outdoors. There is no violence involved whatsoever.

6. Utilize Bait Stations

Another option is to make use of bait stations. These are small, enclosed boxes which hold both poison and bait.

If you have pets and small kids that you don’t want being harmed by traps, bait stations are a solid option. This is because they’re only accessible by very small beings, such as mice.

Mice will enter bait stations to access the bait that has been placed for them. However, after they’ve entered, they will become intoxicated with a deadly poison, killing them shortly after their entrance.

7. Employ Repellents

While there are a variety of substances that attract mice, there are also a variety of substances that repel them. A great way to keep mice from your home is to take advantage of these repellents, some of which are synthetic, and some of which are natural.

Synthetic repellents are sold in stores and are generally contained with plastic implements. They can be quickly and easily placed in various locations throughout your home.

Natural repellents run the gamut from peppermint oil to soap to pet urine. By placing these natural repellents in vulnerable areas, you might be able to scare off eager mice.

8. Call a Pest Control Company

The most effective way to get rid of mice is by calling a pest control company. Pest control companies are highly experienced in the removal of mice, utilizing various implements and methods in order to do away with them.

When you hire one of these companies to handle your mouse problem, they will take all necessary measures to ensure that the problem is solved. Not only will they remove the mice that are already in your home, but they will also deploy methods to keep them out as well.

That’s How to Get Rid of Mice!

All these methods are effective ways to defend your home against mouse infestations. Now that you’ve learned about how to get rid of mice, you can put some of these methods into action.

Interested in utilizing the services of a pest control company? If so, and you live in the Vancouver, Washington area, Natura Pest Control has you covered.

Contact us for more information.